A roof repair, replacement, or installation is quite an investment and something that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Consequently, you should be sure that the contractor that you have hired knows what they are doing and has the required training.
Unfortunately, not every contractor is certified or trained, and many property owners don’t know what signs to look for to determine if their roofing job was done adequately. This is apparent if you’ve ever looked at bad roofing jobs pictures.
To help you out, Gotcha Covered Contracting has put together a list of the most common signs of a bad roofing job.
Signs of a Bad Roofing Job
Failure to Perform an Initial Walk-through
Before even beginning, your contractor should go through the attic or top floor of the building. They should also walk across the roof and either show you in person or present you with pictures of what and where the problem is. Additionally, they should provide you appropriate documentation detailing their certification, license, and insurance information.
Furthermore, a competent, honest contractor should be able to describe exactly what needs to be done, what they are going to do, and how long it’s going to take. They should also be able to answer any of your questions confidently. If you want to wait before committing to any one contractor, ask them for a list of references and vet those.
An Absence of Material Uniformity or Consistency
Though obvious to some, if you notice that your contractor used different brands of materials or the quality varies significantly between them, that is cause for concern. Different shaped shingles may seem like a cheap alternative to getting those of the same size, but they are meant to fit together. If they don’t properly fit, then you’re nearly sure to experience repair problems sooner rather than later.
Leaks, Humidity, and Mold
While many roofing repair and installation jobs make look great from the outside, the presence of water damage or leaking water is a sure sign that the contractor may have only covered up a structural problem. Even if you don’t see water damage, mold is a sign that there is a roof leak inside your property. It’s one of the most obvious signs of a bad roofing job.
Failure to Do a Final Inspection
Another massive red flag when it comes to having a subpar contractor install a roof is neglecting to do an inspection or just performing an incomplete one. While every competent contractor should be able to take conviction in their work, they also should do a thorough rundown of their work with you and show you that everything has been installed.
In addition to highlighting what they did to the exterior of the roof, the contractor should also go through the attic or top floor to make sure there are no leaks, holes, tears, or absent components.
Recourse for Bad Roofing Jobs
Fortunately, if you received inferior roofing, then you do have options. For one, there is a myriad of property damage lawyers who can represent you in court to get just compensation for damages.
In fact, since many contractors are either independent or are part of small to medium-sized businesses, they have no desire to get dragged into court. For that reason, the threat of a lawsuit should be sufficient for them to refund your money or do a complimentary repair job.
Choose Gotcha Covered to Avoid a Bad Roofing Job
Getting compensation for a subpar roofing job is excellent, but you’re still left with the question of who can do a great roofing job.
If you have found yourself in this situation and need a trustworthy company with extensive experience in the roofing, siding, and gutter work business, then contact Gotcha Covered Contracting at (724) 581-8147.
We’ve faithfully served residents in Pennsylvania for years and earned quite a reputation for constructing and repairing some of the most beautiful roofs in those areas.